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"My Favourite Island Church

- Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman CBE (1906-1984)

ST. ALBAN'S CHURCH

THE CHAPEL-OF-EASE TO THE PARISH OF GODSHILL

Sunday 12th April 2020       Fr. David Lawrence-March

 

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

During this trying time for all of us as the nation and the world copes with the Covid-19 Pandemic this weekly bulletin is aimed to keep us in touch with one another and as a small measure of support as the Body of Christ in our parishes and with our wider congregation. It will be published on line every Saturday. Please print copies for yourself and for anyone whom you think would like to be in touch with us. A leaflet giving an order for Spiritual Communion is also available on line, as is a commentary on the Sunday Mass readings, and the Mass sheet for this Sunday, enabling us to be able to pray together, albeit in isolation. Father David hopes that as many of us as possible will pause for prayer and reflection at 10.00am on Sunday morning when he’ll be saying Mass, using the resources available.

 

THIS WEEK IN OUR CHURCHES

 

Although Mass will not be said publicly, prayer continues to be offered every day. Should you feel anxious or worried or would just like a chat, please feel free to ring Father David (01983 407928 fatherdlm@icloud.com) or Deacon Corinne (07775 628593 therevcozza@gmail.com), and remember to pray for each other and for everyone affected by the Pandemic. Unfortunately pastoral visits have to be suspended except in cases of dire necessity. Father David, in the first instance, or Deacon Corinne, should be contacted if necessary, but do remember that Deacon Corinne is also supporting the people at All Saints and St Alban’s after Father John’s recent retirement.

 

KEEPING EASTER AT HOME APRIL 2020

 

Father David has produced a worship leaflet for use today, and which may also provide useful material for our prayer life during this Easter Week and further in the Fifty Days of Eastertide. It is available on line via the Benefice website. Hard copies are available, as is this bulletin, from the Vicarage porch and from a box in the cloisters at the back of St Saviour’s.

 

This week’s Daily Prayer Intentions

Today EASTER: Thanksgiving for the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Easter Monday: Our Eastertide observance.

Easter Tuesday: Those infected with the virus, their families and friends.

Easter Wednesday: Bishop Christopher, Bishop Norman, Archdeacon Peter and their respective staffs; all hospital and hospice chaplains.

Easter Thursday: Those for whom this Easter is a time of darkness rather than light.

Easter Friday: The Medical and Caring Professions and all essential workers.

Easter Saturday: Our families and friends, especially those from whom we are apart in this

difficult time, and for all volunteers helping to bring comfort and practical help to others.

 

About today’s Mass readings

 

First Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43

Peter was speaking to Cornelius. Cornelius was the Roman centurion who already

reverenced God and had had a vision that he should invite Peter to come and instruct him.

Peter shows that Jesus was a real human being. He went about, bringing God’s peace to

everyone he could meet. Nevertheless, he was executed as a criminal. So God reacted by

raising him from death to a life that was totally new. This was the fulfilment of all the

promises made to Israel, bringing to completion God’s plan in creation. Life moved into a

new gear. Peter expresses this that God has appointed the Risen Jesus to judge the living

and the dead. The Jews expected that at the end of time, at the completion of all things,

God would come to set everything to rights, to judge things according to their true worth.

Now Peter says that Jesus is the one who will be this judge. Jesus is the Lord who will

bring all things to completion and to judgment. By his rising from the dead Jesus comes to

this position of supreme authority over the whole world. Paul put it that he was ‘constituted

Son of God in power’ by the Resurrection on the first Easter Day.

 

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

This reading is the visible tip of an iceberg, of which much more lies below the surface. St

Paul here tells us that all our interest must be in heavenly things, the things of Christ,

because we share Christ’s life. What is more, that life is no ordinary life. What does all this

mean? We share Christ’s life because faith in Christ means that we put all our trust and

hope in Christ. We have been baptised into Christ, that is, by baptism we have been

dipped into Christ as into a river, and come up soaked with Christ, or dripping with Christ. I

am growing into Christ, share his inheritance, his status as Son of God. The well-spring of

our life is no longer the ordinary, natural life which enables me to live, breathe, digest, feel,

see, sing and play, love and hate. It is the Spirit of Christ which spurs us to generosity,

service, kindness, self-control, peace and openness. This life, says St Paul, is still hidden,

and will be fully manifested only at the coming of Christ. But if we are to be true to our

profession of faith in baptism, the principles on which we operate must be those of this

risen life of Christ.

 

Gospel: John 20:1-9 There are several accounts in the various gospels of the discovery of the empty tomb. The slight variations between them show all the marks of oral tradition, for in genuine oral tradition each ‘performance’ is different. Different people tell the story slightly differently, stressing different aspects. The Johannine account, which we always read at Mass on Easter Day, stresses the proof that the tomb really was empty, for the apostles examine the evidence carefully. Other accounts concentrate less on the evidence and more on the message, that they will meet the Risen Lord in Galilee. It was important to establish that the tomb was empty, to prevent the charge that the meetings with the Risen Christ were simply ghost-appearances. Apart from the proof that this was a real, living and bodily person, these meetings stress two factors: the power of the Risen Christ and the commission given to the disciples. They are to go out into the whole world and spread the message, always accompanied by and strengthened by Christ himself. In this account Simon Peter is clearly the senior, authority figure, to whom the Beloved Disciple defers. But it is the love of the Beloved Disciple which immediately brings him to faith, as it should

be for each of us on this holiest and greatest day of year for Christians. ALLELUIA!